Licensing and registering SCO OpenServer products

SCO OpenServer license has expired

If the License Manager indicates your operating system license is expired, check the system clock and the CMOS clock (the battery-powered hardware clock inside your computer) to ensure they are synchronized with the correct time and year. If the CMOS clock is set to the wrong year, it could cause the license to expire. Check the system time with the date(C) command, and the CMOS time with setclock(ADM). If they are out of sync, you can log in as root and synchronize them with this command:

date MMDDhhmmYY

where MMDDhhmmYY is the correct time in month-day-hour-minute-year format. For example, here is the correct entry for 9:31 AM on August 31, 1997:


Once you have changed the clock time to reflect the current time, reboot your system, start the License Manager and check to see if the license has changed from ``Expired'' to ``Yes.'' Your operating system license should be fully operational within the options specified by the license.

NOTE: If the system clock was incorrect when you installed the operating system, adjusting the time at the command line will not fix the license problem. In this case, start the License Manager and remove the SCO OpenServer operating system license. After you have corrected the system clock using the method described above, run the License Manager again and re-add the operating system license.

Checking for SCO OpenServer product license expiration

Use this procedure to check the expiration date:

  1. Determine the operating system license using the brand(ADM) command:

    brand -L

    The command generates two lines of data per product, the second line indented relative to the first. The product is identified in the second line. The output is similar to this example for SCO OpenServer:

    {{132} {5.0} {bif654321} {bdhxyz10z;g0;k255/bif654321;s950502;u5} {799372800} {3955219199}
        {SCO:odtes} {5.0.7} {SCO OpenServer Enterprise System} {bdhyff00z;g0;k;u5}}
    The start and end dates for the license are the last two numbers respectively on the first line of data for each product. The number you are interested in is the end date, shown in bold in the example.

  2. Use the fmtclock(TCL) command to convert the expiration time to the more usual date format, as in this example where the user input is in bold:
       # tcl
       tcl>fmtclock 3955219199
       Mon Jan 18 19:14:07 PST 2038

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SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003